A Biblical Study on the Spiritual Gift of Tongues Essay
Energemata are happenings or effects that occur when gifts are employed.
What is a spiritual gift?
William McRae defines spiritual gift as “… a divine endowment of a special ability for service upon a member of a body of Christ.” From the term itself, spiritual gift is a gift given by the Spirit or the Holy Spirit.
Apart from I Peter 4:10, Gk. charisma occurs in the New Testament only in the writings of Paul. It is used primarily in two ways, first as a general reference to God’s “free” or “special” gift of his grace, especially in salvation (Rom. 5:15-16; 6:23; 11:29; I Cor. 7:7; 2 Cor. 1:9-11), and more frequently by Paul as a designation for specific “spiritual gifts,” special endowments to be employed in service to the Christian community. The spiritual gifts are, according to Paul, “the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good” (I Cor. 12:7), ways in which the one Spirit possessed by all Christians works in diverse forms (vv. 4-6, 11-30; cf. Eph. 4:4-11). While the use of natural or acquired talents for the church